Iconic Kobe Bryant Relic Suffers $195,669 Drop as Auction Closes With Disappointing Final Bid

Published 12/04/2023, 12:02 PM EST

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Kobe Bryant‘s last road game uniform was up for auction. Considering the immense popularity of the Mamba, it was estimated to fetch around $600k in total. The item, however, severely underperformed on the day of the auction as the sale closed at $195,669 below expectations.

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The LA Lakers legend played his last road game on April 11th, 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Lakers lost that game, Kobe’s uniform from that game is special for so many reasons. Keeping that in mind, SCP Auctions has his jersey and shoes on sale with high expectations.

Kobe Bryant’s relic gets a below-expectation bid

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The 2015-16 season was the last time Kobe stepped onto a basketball court as a professional athlete. While there wasn’t much hope from the Lakers for a championship run, the defining moment for them was Kobe’s retirement. Seven years later, his jersey and shoes were put up for auction and the earlier predictions were that they would sell for about $600k.

On the day of the auction, however, his uniform was sold for $305,806 which was expected to go for over $500k. Kobe’s shoes were sold for $98,525 while the expected number for the same was over $100k.

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Bryant’s previous season was marred with injuries which is why fans didn’t get to see him as much. So with the 2016 season, where the Lakers were one of the worst teams, many were looking forward to seeing their hero in action for the last time. The LA franchise registered one of their worst series runs with a 17-65 record.

As their season inched toward an end, the last road game and then the home game were all that there was left. The 5x NBA champion wasn’t at his absolute best during his last away game as he played for just 19 minutes and scored 13 points. The Lakers lost that game to OKC 112-79.

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The Black Mamba had something really special in store for his last game in the league. During his last season, Kobe played 66 games averaging 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. But we got to see the best version of him in his last game. Kobe played his last game on April 13th, 2016 against the Utah Jazz.

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Not only did the Lakers beat the Jazz by 101-96 but the 18x All-Star showcased a performance that will easily go down in history as the best last-game performance, ever. Kobe ended that game with 60 points, giving the fans a last glimpse of his brilliance, something he was adored for throughout his career.

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Prateek Singh

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My introduction to basketball was through Kobe Bryant. Soon enough, I was hooked to his game and although I started with being a fan of his, I also became a fan of basketball. To this day, Kobe remains my reference and guide as I try to navigate through life.
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Jayant Chhabra

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